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On 4 November 2009, David Cameron made a speech in which he explained that, following the Czech ratification of the Lisbon Treaty, the Conservatives could no longer hold a retrospective referendum on it. He went on to promise a major renegotiation of our EU membership terms, not least in the field of criminal justice. This [...]
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In October 2012, an email popped into my inbox from John Cantlie, the British journalist who has been kidnapped not once, but twice, by Islamic militants in Syria. It was just three months after his release from his first terrifying ordeal, and he was back out on the Turkey-Syria border, once again about to head [...]
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If you’re anything like me, you’ll struggle to visualise £1.7 billion – the sum Eurocrats are demanding in a backdated surcharge because Britain’s economy is doing better than expected. To put it in context, £1.7 billion would allow us to hire an extra 60,000 nurses and fund their pensions. It’s more than is raised by [...]
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Since my last post a lot has been happening in the Westminster village. A lot of us old hands from both the Conservative and Labour parties had come to the conclusion that our parties were engaged in a massive struggle to out-lose each other. Suddenly, however, it seems that Mr Cameron at least is listening [...]
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Alan Davey, the new controller of Radio 3, has promised that Radio 3 won’t dumb down. Too late, I fear. Radio 3 long ago became a derivative mixture of Classic FM and Radio 4 – with far too much chat, soul-destroying jolliness from the presenters and lowbrow games. There are even elements of Radio 1, [...]
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One of the aspects of blogging that I enjoy is the interactivity with readers in the comments that follow a blog post. However, to maintain some order in the system, comments need to relate directly to the subject of the blog. So when readers bring up an entirely new subject in the comments section, after [...]
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The great and good of the British political and media class assembled at a huge banquet at the Institute of Directors in Pall Mall last night. Boris Johnson, senior ministers up to Cabinet rank, Labour grandees including Ed Miliband’s most senior adviser, a billionaire Tory donor, household name journalists and famous broadcasters were all present. [...]
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